Configuring PCLOS Chat in Thunderbird Chat

For those users of pclinuxos Chat that are interested I successfully set up pclos chat with Thunderbird chat. Pidgin is nice too, but it’s always nice to have options.  I’ve also included the steps to join a chat room and included a list of rooms that come up in pidgin when searching for a room.  I’ve set it up on Thunderbird on two of my machines so am fairly confident that the steps should be correct.  If anyone notices and errors or anything that should be changed/added just let me know.

To get an account set up go here: and create an account.

Here are the steps that I took to get it all set up:

Steps to add pclos chat to thunderbird

Open chat tab and go to show accounts or tools menu and show accounts

Click on new account.

Select xmpp and click next.

In the username field type:

click next

enter your password

click next

click on the + sign next to XMPP Options

in the server field type

click next

click finish

You’ll receive an error about the certificate (in the box that shows you any accounts that you have set up).

Click on add exception – above where it says disconnected It may be hard to see at first.

Click on confirm exception in the lower left and then click on ok.

You should now be connected.

Steps to join a chat room

Click on join chat (top left next to add contact)

click on the drop down box next to account and select the pclos chat account that you just set up (applicable only if you have more than one account set up)

room: enter the name of the room that you want to connect to (see list of rooms below)


password: enter your password
click on the box to auto join the room and then click ok.

You should now be connected the chat room when ever you open the chat window in Thunderbird.

Room list



Only a few days left until the Flash returns.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Barry deals with Dr. Wells and the effects time travel will have on his life.

I also started the new series on Netflix – Daredevil.  So far that looks like it’s going to be a good series.  I like the way that they are gradually bringing daredevil into it.  Right now Matt’s just a guy in a mask. It’ll be nice watching him evolve into “Daredevil” as the series progresses.  The acting in it is good as is the writing and it has me looking forward to the next episode.

Mate 1.10 was just released not too long ago and I have to say it’s pretty nice.


When I log onto my computer I usually use a run level 3 – which brings me to a command line prompt login after which I just type startx to get to me desktop.  It kind of brings me back to the days where we would type win at the DOS prompt to get to windows.

Yesterday I installed lxdm for a graphical login and I have to say that I like it. It’s easy to configure and set up.  One of the things I like about it is that I can use the picture of my choice to be the background of it.  It also remembers my username which is good.  I haven’t had as much luck with configuring gdm, but I’m happy with lxdm and will be using that for now.


The Flash

This week Barry learns an important lesson about what can happen when he messes around with time.  Changing thing can have unexpected consequences.

People he cares about are saved from death, but still end up getting hurt.  Other people end up getting killed instead.

On a positive note Cisco ends up making amends with his brother, which he wan’t able to do last week when he was killed.

By then end of the episode Barry is a lot wiser than he was last week at the same point in the alternate time line and I think that he’ll be stronger for it in the future.

So far it’s been a good season and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends as well as how next season turns out.


I’m going to start writing reviews of the books that I read.  I’m hoping that eventually my writing will improve and start to make more sense.  Eventually I’ll probably try to stick with the weekly posts.  That way they’ll be longer and I’ll have the time to edit them better and can work on better content.

Right now I’m reading a book by Igor Ljubuncic: The Betrayed (The Lost Words, Volume 1).  So far I’m only through chapter 1.  I’ll write more about it as I progress through the book.

Monday – One More Day Until The Flash

It’s the start of another week.  One more day until the Flash.  I’ve been enjoying this series, though I’m going to date myself here by saying that I also enjoyed the other series back in the 90’s with John Wesley Shipp.  I was sorry to see that series not get renewed.

I wasn’t surprised to see Dr. Wells end up being Reverse Flash, but I’m interested to find out what the twist is that everyone is talking about.

They’re starting to get into time travel now and it’ll be interesting to see how things will be affected.  Will Barry save his mother and drastically change his future?

What’s in store for him in season two?  I’ll write more on this after seeing this week’s episode.


Today I’m keeping it simple.  Here’s a poem that I wrote back in 1998-ish.  I wrote it for a college publication in memory of my grandfather whom had died due to alzheimers.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.


I walk along

a beach lit by dawn’s cheerful grin

seagulls fly endlessly around me

as waves caress my legs like a lover

I reach down and grab a handful of sand

and hold it close to my beating heart

the way that I cherish

my most precious and tender memories

I walk along

a beach that grows mile after mile

the seagulls seem to be laughing at me

in their teasing and taunting ways

as they dance and weave about my head

the waves slowly crawl up my body

as my feet sift through vaguely familiar memories

that seem to tickle my mind

as I walk under the slowly setting sun

I walk along

in circles

on a beach whose end I have finally reached

under the man in the moon’s sad smile

the seagulls have silenced their laughing

the beach is now deserted

sand slips through my fingers

as the waves consume me at last

and I forget

Here’s to Spring and New Beginnings

I haven’t been writing posts as I should be, as I want to be.  Finding the motivation and the inspiration to write is not always easy.  But I do want to write.  Writing is therapeutic for me and there’s a lot that I want to say, getting it out when it’s all waiting at the door, so to speak, isn’t an easy task.

In an effort to write more I want to strive to write and post every day.  The only way to be a writer is to write.  If you don’t write then you can’t call yourself a writer.  Truth be told, I’m not interested in being called a writer, but I do want to write.  Maybe for a little while I can write about finding inspiration?

Time to just let my mind wander on the page and to see where it takes me.  The more I write, hopefully the easier it will be.  Let’s see if I can make this a habit.

I’ve been trying to break myself of the habit of distro-hopping.  I have slackware installed on an old laptop (an 11 year old inspiron 9100 to be exact) and pclinuxos installed on another laptop (an inspiron 1545) and a tower (hp media center pc) I have.  I prefer the XFCE desktop more than any other, but KDE is a close second.  XFCE is a nice blend of being easy on resources and also being full featured and easy to set up.

At some point in the near future I need to take the inspiron 9100 apart and re-apply some thermal compound to the machine.  After 11 years it’s probably past time for a little maintenance.  I plan on writing a post about that task and will try to make a video of it as well.

Another project I have is to take apart my plasma TV and see if I can get that cleaned out and repaired.  It has two lines going down the center of the screen and I want to see if cleaning off some of the connectors will fix that or not.  That will be another post and video I’m sure.

I’m sitting here in my chair looking out at the 7 inches of snow that we just got on the first day of spring and am hoping that the warm weather will be here soon.  It’s been a long, cold winter and I am ready for spring!